previously, i've only played my C3 games on the first 2 difficulties (chieftan, warlord?). after taking a lot of basic advice from the Academy, and other questions i've asked you guys, i'm playing my last game on Warlord (if that is indeed the second level) before jumping up to regent. one thing that bothers me, however, is my style of government. i usually rush to get Monarchy, as it seems to give me the best amount of unit support to be able to defend myself, as well as fight drawn out wars should i need to be a bit aggressive. i've won space race victories, point victories, and i think i've won a domination victory before. but, i know that in the jump to higher levels, i will need to be a bit more flexible with my choice of government to max out my production/commerce and whatnot. but like i've said before, i can see no reason to switch to other governments, that seem to offer less unit support. i tend to be more of a defensive nation, unless a key resource is just within reach, or if someone else pisses me off to the point where i feel i need to eliminate them. i guess the advice i need is how can i use governments like Republic, and Democracy, to help better my game? although i tend to be defensive, i'd like the ability to reach out and touch someone if need be. also, i've settled on the Iroquois and Japan, though i am continually testing other nations. thanks in advance!